My girls love ladybugs. We’ve started spotting some in our yard recently, so I thought we’d have a little fun with a ladybug theme for this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. This ladybug math game can be adapted for toddlers, preschoolers, and children in early elementary school. It incorporates scooping, pouring, sensory play, and math.
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The Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Mem Fox this month. Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! was a perfect choice for my ladybug loving girls. Tinker especially loved hide and seek aspect of this book. She asked to reread the book over and over again, and each time she was just as excited to find the ladybug hiding on each page.
I decided to build on that enthusiasm with our own twist on a ladybug hide and seek game. To prepare the math game I placed split peas in a large bowl. Then I added ten small ladybug toys. If you don’t have any, you could also use red buttons or red glass gems to represent ladybugs. I cut two leaf shapes out of green craft foam, and set everything out with a scoop and a tray.
Counting Math Game
For kids learning to count and practicing one-to-one correspondence play a “scoop and seek” game. Get a big scoop from the large bowl and pour it into the tray. Then add the ladybugs to the leaf. Touch each ladybug while counting aloud.
You can either add the ladybugs back in each time, or keep them out and continue playing until you’ve found all of the ladybugs. Tinker loved this version.
Comparing Math Game
To practice comparing numbers, add another leaf so that there are two. This time the ladybugs from the first scoop to the first leaf and the ladybugs found in the second scoop to the second leaf. Compare the two numbers. Discuss math vocabulary like more, less, greater, fewer, as many as, and equal.
Addition Math Game
Add a writing utensil and recording sheet of some sort to the comparing math game materials and you can practice recording addition sentences to go along with the activity. See how many different addition sentences kids can find.
Playing with a Partner
Both the comparing and addition games work well with a partner. Each child can have their own leaf. As they each scoop and count they can either compare the amounts or develop an addition sentence to go along the amounts.
You can also continue the ladybug math fun by practicing one more and one less with our free printable activity set here.
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